The allegations by the U.S. manufacturers inflamed the Chinese and prompted a bitter internal fight in the U.S. solar industry. SolarWorld and its Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing cohorts say that without protective duties, U.S. solar PV manufacturing jobs will be lost to China; installers and others in the solar supply chain—many of them gathered under the banner of the Coalition for Affordable Solar Energy (CASE)—say that duties could spell the end of the PV boom that has created tens of thousands of U.S. jobs.
Reacting to today ruling, CASE head man Jigar Shah lashed out at SolarWorld. He said the company “received one of its biggest subsidies yet — an average 31 percent tax on its competitors” that would “come right out of the paychecks of American solar workers.” Shah held out hope that “between now and a final decision before the end of the year, there are many issues that will be addressed and whose resolution would lead to a significantly lower tariff.”
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has avoided taking sides in the dispute, but it too reacted with concern to the new ruling.
“Disputes within one segment of the industry affect the entire solar supply chain–and these broad implications must be recognized,” SEIA chief Rhone Resch said in an emailed statement. “In addition, the U.S. solar manufacturing base goes well beyond solar cell and module production and includes billions of dollars of recent investments into the production of polysilicon, polymers, and solar manufacturing equipment, products which are largely destined for export. If the U.S.-China solar trade disputes continue to escalate, it will jeopardize these U.S. investments.”